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The Closers (Harry Bosch, Book 11) by Michael Connelly

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By Michael Connelly

He walked clear of the activity 3 years in the past. yet Harry Bosch can't face up to the decision to affix the elite Open/Unsolved Unit. His project: clear up murders whose investigations have been unsuitable, stalled, or deserted to L.A.'s tides of crime. With a few humans brazenly rooting for his failure, Harry catches the case of dragged off to her demise on Oat Mountain, and strains the DNA at the homicide weapon to a small-time legal. yet whatever greater and darker beckons, and Harry needs to conflict to slot every little thing jointly. Shaking cages and damn ghosts, he'll push the principles to the limit--and disclose the type of fact that shatters lives, ends careers, and retains the lifeless whispering within the night...

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How did consumers come to value Nike so much compared to its competitors? Nike is a seminal cultural innovation. Yet, conventional explanations avoid grappling with the cultural aspects of Nike’s innovation and, as a result, fail to explain why Nike was so successful. Many experts view Nike as a better-mousetraps poster child: Nike engineered the best shoes and earned a reputation for great performance as a result. But, as we demonstrate, this argument does not align with the historical facts. Nike’s famed shoe innovations happened early on and do not coincide with the brand’s takeoff.

The company was having trouble getting consumers to pay attention to its air-cushion technology. Jordan flew through the air in superhuman fashion on the way to his patented dunks. Therefore, Nike management reasoned, he was a natural spokesman for ‘‘air’’ (never mind that the technology was to cushion shocks, not to propel mere mortals toward the rim). Nike went to the trouble of designing a unique Jordan shoe for this purpose—Air Jordans. What set them apart was the flashy red and black design, echoing the team colors of the Chicago Bulls, in contrast to the white shoes everybody else in the league wore.

Ideologically speaking, the order of the day was a demand not only to revive the original industrious version of the American Dream, but to push these ideals even harder in the face of the economic challenges of the day. As the economy came to a halt, and along with it the increases in standard of living that had become a birthright, Americans struggled to find out what went wrong and how they should respond. The emerging rough-and-tumble free-agent economy demanded a very different mentality from what they were used to.

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